Naval Group has announced the first group of equipment suppliers for the FTI Program for the French Navy (FTI stands for “Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire” in French which means “Medium Size Frigate”).
The contract for the first 5 frigate awarded to Naval Group by DGA (the French Government Defence Procurement Office) in April 2017 and the first of the frigates will be delivered to the French Navy in 2023.
According to announcement the suppliers are:
Axima – Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) CNIM – Doors, Sonars and Torpedoes iXblue – Navigation Systems Leonardo – Medium-Calibre 76 mm Cannon MBDA – Missile Launchers Integration MTU – Diesel Engines Safran Electronics & Defense – Paseo XLR Extra Long-Range Surveillance Electro-optical System Thales – Sonars, Electronic Warfare, IFF, Communication Systems
“We expect a lot from our suppliers,” said Frédéric Massa, Naval Group’s director of purchasing. “Their innovative and competitive solutions will contribute to delivering technological superiority on the operational theatre.”
The vessel has a length of 122 m and beam of 17.7 m. With a displacement of 4,200t, the frigate will carry up to 150 personnel, including 110 crew and 15 for helicopter detachment.
The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to develop a new sonar system for future SSBNs.
According to Thales official press release; the contract includes a period of a 42-month to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G).
This new research and development programme builds on the results of studies launched under France’s two previous defence spending plans. It will include final validation of the fourth-generation flank arrays and the development of a new sonar interceptor, with latest-generation adaptive antenna processing and threat classification algorithms as well as an innovative bow-mounted antenna concept.
According to France 24; The United Arab Emirates has closed a deal to buy two French-made Gowind navy corvettes, built for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday (November 9) in Dubai.
The deal includes an option for two more vessels (for a possible total of four corvettes). The corvettes will be built by Naval Group in cooperation with local shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB).
The Gowind design was in competition against Navantia’s Avante 500, Damen 6110, CMN BR71 MkII, Fincantieri Abu Dhabi class and likely the Turkish MILGEM corvette design.
Delivered just 36 months after the order was placed, the corvette ENS ELFATEH will take to the seas on 23 September to sail to its home port in Egypt. This vessel is the first of the four units ordered by the Egyptian Navy.
This vessel, ten units ordered so far, 4 for Egypt and 6 for Malaysia, complements the group’s extensive range of surface ships and submarines.
The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced that the Egyptian Navy’s first DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette (the Elfateh) and second (S 42) Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) arrived at a naval facility at Alexandria on October 18.
According to a statement by the Egyptian navy, the submarines have a range of 11.000 nautical miles, a top speed of 21 knots and displacement of 1.400 tonnes.
Egypt said the Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
The new Type 209s will most likely replace the Egyptian Navy’s four elderly Romeo class vessels delivered in 1983/84.
The Gowind 2500 displaces at 2,600-tons and is armed with a 76-mm main gun, two 20-mm cannons, two quad-cell MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles (AShM), two-triple anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes, and a 16-cell SYLVER A35 vertical-launch system (VLS). The SYLVER VLS can house surface-to-air missiles (SAM) such as the MBDA MICA-VL (20 km) and MBDA Sea Ceptor (25+ km).
During the trip to Egypt, the corvette participated in a drill with the French navy in the Atlantic ocean. The deal is part of the armed forces support for “combat and technical capabilities” of naval forces, according to the Egyptian army official spokesperson.
Egypt has four Gowind 2500 corvettes on order under a €1 billion order from France in 2015 and four TKMS Type 209/1400 SSKs from Germany in 2012.
The first BSAH (Bâtiments de Soutien et d’Assistance Hauturiers – offshore support and assistance vessels in English) vessel for the French Navy.
The BSAH contract covers the design and construction of four ships of 70 meters in length with a full load displacement of about 2,600 tons. Two units are scheduled for delivery in 2018 while 2 vessel are expected to be delivered in 2019.
The diversity of the missions led Kership to propose a Supply Vessel with a towing capacity of 80 tons of traction, a navigation speed of 14 knots and a significant endurance of about 30 days without refueling or resuply operations. They will be equipped with an 8 meters boat, several RHIBs and a crane for loading and unloading containers. BSAH will be able to accommodate divers, to carry weapons and ammunitions, to support submarines and surface ships, to tow underwater antennas, as well as to deploy a pollution control dam.
France signed a contract for a program to build five intermediate frigates (FTI) for the French Navy. The contract was awarded to Naval Group and Thales (for the radar related activities). A budget of €3.8 billion (U.S. $4.1 billion) has been set aside for the FTI program. Naval Group announced the Belharra name for its export version of the FTI project.